Shoot Thinning

There's always something to be done in the vineyards, but when vine growth is ready for shoot-thinning it becomes a particularly busy and important time in the season. This labor-intensive practice sets the vines up ready to head into vintage in the best condition possible.

Usually performed early in the season when shoots are around 10-15cm long, the process involves the removal of unwanted, unfruitful or underdeveloped shoots to promote light and air penetration into the fruiting zone, to encourage uniformity in shoot and crop development along the length of a cordon and to reduce any potential crowding in the vine.

The short window to perform this task at the optimum time ensures the team have a hectic couple of weeks, but the results are definitely worthy of the effort.